US and Japanese government negotiators have signed an agreement on Open Skies that will establish and foster a healthy global aviation framework in the Pacific Rim and replace the existing bilateral agreement that has governed aviation between the US and Japan since 1952.

This agreement that will provide the US industry guaranteed access to Tokyo’s Haneda airport for the first time in the 30-plus years it has been closed to US carriers. In addition, US airline customers, shippers, communities, and employees will benefit from aviation liberalization with Japan including a broader choice of airline flights, itineraries, fares, and eventually more flights between the two countries.

US Airline carriers are confident that the new US-Japan agreement establishes a fair opportunity for them to compete in all the important markets between the two countries.